Petition Created to Fire Gamespot Reviewer for Grand Theft Auto 5 Review

Gamespot Reviewer gets blasted with insulting comments because of her Grand Theft Auto 5 Review.
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Reviews for Grand Theft Auto 5 are being thrown on gaming news sites everywhere, with just about any opinion, to be instantly seen by hundreds of viewers. With that massive audience you are bound to get some criticism–but some people go overboard.

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Gamespot’s Carolyn Petit wrote a review, and the article is gaining popularity due to a few short comments made in the almost 8 minute long video.  She states that undertones of misogyny simultaneously “glorifies male sexuality while demeaning women.”  

Opinion ISN’T fact!

I don’t think I would be incorrect to state that most of the gamers in the world see this review and automatically know that it is an opinion, and that opinions can vary from reviewer to reviewer. She gave the game a 9 out of 10 and still some of the GTA fan boys and girls blasted Petit with distasteful and heinous comments. They even took it a step further to attack her personally; I can’t even post some of the comments because they are just downright mean.  Here are a few I can show:

    • “Gone Home 9.5 Editors Choice – GTA V 9.0 so according to Gamespots own idea of the scores Gone Home is a better game than GTA V 😀  But since its a subjective view and doesnt really matter there isent really any point in reading these reviews anymore. And Carolyn please for your own sake stop reviewing games that isnt in tone with your rather extreme feminist views :D”
    • “Someone called it before that she would drop the score because of some female/inequality reasons, guess they were right.”
    • “Some let personal opinion muddy their ability to be objective.”
    • “Games should not be reviewed by people with a chip on their shoulder and what is obviously a glaring need to belong. It should be reviewed objectively, and without bias, whim, or personal sentiment. It should be reviewed according to story and gameplay – the things gamers actually care about. We don’t give two craps about some insecure reviewer trying to prove that she’s a real women by taking offense to what happens to fake women in a game.”

The group of complainers started up a petition to get the women fired from her job all because she stated her opinion in a review. Thankfully the petition was taken down quickly, and there were sane people who saw it and created a petition to not fire Ms. Petit. This is just one example of how some people who proclaim to be gamers can ruin the reputation of many good people in gaming.

With situations like this—scolding someone for stating an opinion—many people outside the gaming world would look and think that we are all the same. I think people need to stop being so sensitive and start respecting others for having the courage to say what they are thinking. At the end of the day an opinion is not fact and you don’t have to agree but please, for the sake of all gamers out their in the world, choose to express your dislike with constructive comments.

This is what people think of gamers and it’s disappointing that some players even consider presenting themselves in this manner. 

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Miranda Kirk
Former member and Senior Intern of the JTP program, woo!